Mad Men: Season Two

Mad Men
Season Two
(Lions Gate)

You’d be hard pressed to find any characters as cool as the suit-sporting, booze-swilling ad men (and women) that populate AMC’s incredibly original series “Mad Men.”

The second season followed through on all the promises set out in the debut. “Mad Men”’s main character Don Draper, who manages to come across as both morally damaged and remarkably sympathetic, reveals just a little more into his mysterious background. Sure, he screws around on his wife (a lot), but he had a questionable background as we slowly learn throughout this season. We also see a major evolution in the character of Peggy Olson, Don’s former secretary, now a copy writer with a pretty secret of her own. The subplot between Peggy and her priest (played impressively by Colin Hanks) boasted some of the best TV writing in years.

There was also more revealed about some of the show’s supporting characters this year, like copy writer Paul Kinsey‘s racial awakening and Salvatore Romano’s sexually closeted work and home life.

One of the many fascinating appeals of the series is the compelling charters – each with a deep back story making every plot and sub plot as interesting as the next.

The second season ends with a strong cliff hanger, showing Draper’s ad agency getting bought out by a British firm and hinting at a possible move to Los Angeles for some of the characters. It will be hard for the writers to top the “Man Men”’s second season, but certainly worth watching as they try.